Germany

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Black Forest - by Henk Nouws

If ever any country takes pride in its romantic legacy, it must be Germany. Put on your hiking boots and headphones and enter the realm of Wagner, Brahms and Schumann, walking through the land of Rhine and Danube, of traditional half-timbered houses, mighty castles and ancient taverns serving excellent food and wine. Most popular hiking destinations are the Black Forest in the southwest, Alsace-Lorraine on the border with France, Bavaria in the south, and forested Thüringen and Harz in central Germany. But there is more to explore. Try an autumn clad Swabian Alb for instance, or spring on the northern island of Rügen.

Not surprisingly, Germany counts over 200 long distance hiking trails, all waymarked and well documented. Walk any European long distance trail, except E2 and E7, and you will pass through Germany! Even if not spectacular in terms of altitude, the varying landscapes can be truly wild and offer wonderful panorama's.

On the negative side, bear in mind that Germany is a modern country. Forests and farmland are exploited efficiently and can be pretty boring.

There are no real difficulties and you can go any time of the year, but higher up snow can make walking difficult in wintertime (and create good opportunities for cross country skiing). Finding food and lodging is never an issue, as mountain huts, hotels, inns and private rooms (Zimmer frei) abound, as do campsites.

Interesting is the current tendency in the country to "certify" trails if they comply to a list of standards. The effect is that some trails get much more attention than other trails. They get the predicate "Premiumweg" or get elected the most beautiful trail of the country. Of course, this does NOT mean that other trails are less interesting. The effect, however, is that while new trails are created, old trails gradually disappear.

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Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 5. in Europe
  • Daniel K McCabe May 2014
  • Rate 10
  • Positive hiing/biking/food accessibility/friendly people(Bavaria at least)
  • Negative having to leave and the fact they make it so hard and costly to live here.
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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Damascus: Taste of a City
  • “Damascus: Taste of a City” is a touching, thought-provoking book that gives new meaning to what home is and how we experience the feeling of it. It is said: ‘When a man has lived seven years in Damascus, Damascus lives in him.’ Rafik Schami, a prize-winning novelist and exile, lived in Damascus for twenty-five years. Unable to return to the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking Verdun: A Guide to the Battlefield
  • On 21 February 1916 the German Fifth Army launched a devastating offensive against French forces at Verdun and set in motion one of the most harrowing and prolonged battles of the Great War. By the time the struggle finished ten months later, over 650,000 men had been killed or wounded or were missing, and the terrible memory of the battle had... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Württemberg Winelands Cycle Route (360km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Württemberg Winelands Cycle Route, a 360-km long cycle trail from Rottenburg on the Neckar across the Tauber Valley to Niederstetten, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation,... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Venice to Rome Cycle Route (900km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Venice to Rome Cycle Route - a 900-km long route taking in Ravenna, Florence, Arezzo, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni - presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:75,000. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rosenheim - Wendelstein 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 6
  • Rosenheim - Wendelstein area of the German Alps including Mangfallgebirge at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • International Dollard Route - German Fehn Route (429km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 429kms of cycle routes in the northernmost part of the German /Dutch borderlands around the Ems estuary presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc. A... Read more
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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Müritz Lake - Neusterlitz 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 16
  • Müritz Lake - Neusterlitz area of eastern Germany’s lake district at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. An inset extends coverage to the Wolin Island in Poland.Maps... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Muritz 2012
  • Wandern, Rad. Waren, Plauer See, Neustrelitz Kümmerly und Frey Deutschland Outdoorkarte. 1. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2015. Read more
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  • Erzgebirge 2013
  • Klingenthal - Altenberg - Fichtelberg - Oberwiesenthal - Seiffen Kümmerly und Frey Deutschland Outdoorkarte. 1. Auflage - Laufzeit bis 2017. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • Naturpark Altmuhltal Wanderfuhrer 2012
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Naturpark Altmühltal Mitten in Bayern befindet sich der 1969 gegründete Naturpark. Und das „mitten in Bayern“ ist noch nicht einmal... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Naturpark Altmühltal | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Naturpark Altmühltal Mitten in Bayern befindet sich der 1969 gegründete Naturpark. Und das „mitten in Bayern“ ist noch nicht einmal... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pfaffenwinkel 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 28
  • Pffafenwinkel area of the German Alps at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour interval... Read more
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  • Pfaffenwinkel 2012
  • Peißenberg, Weilheim, Murnau, Staffelsee, Wies. Wanderwege, Radwanderwege, Nordic Walking Kümmerly und Frey Deutschland Outdoorkarte. 1. Auflage Laufzeit bis 2016. Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
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  • Bohemian Forest - Mühlviertel - Moldau/Vltava Reservoir Freytag & Berndt Map
  • Bohemian Forest - Mühlviertel - Moldau/Vltava Reservoir area straddling the border of Austria, Czech Republic and Germany presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lower Rhine - Kleve - Wesel 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 61
  • Lower Rhine - Kleve - Wesel area in western Germany at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc.Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Werse - Ems Cycle Tour (202km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Werse - Ems Cycle Tour, a 202-km long circuit in the area east of Münster and Hamm, between the Werse and the Ems, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rhein-Ruhr Region Street Atlas
  • Rhein-Ruhr Region Street Atlas in a series of detailed atlases covering the whole of Germany at 1:20,000 with UTM coordinates for GPS navigation, postal codes and public transport, published by ADAC, the country’s largest motoring organization. The plans name all the individual streets and indicate all the main landmarks and public buildings.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Five Rivers Cycle Tour - Pegnitz - Vils - Naab - Altmuhl - Danube
  • The Five Rivers Cycle Tour, a 320-km long cycling circuit in Bavaria between Nuremburg and Regensburg along the Pegnitz, the Vils, the Naab, the Altmühl and the Danube, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Flanders Cycling Route (826km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Flanders Cycling Route, an 826km long circuit around Flanders taking in Ypres, Bruges and Ghent, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Inn Cycle Route Part 2: Innsbruck - Passau (310km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • The Inn Cycle Route Part 2, a 310-km long section from Innsbruck to the Danube at Passau where it joins the EuroVelo 6 / Danube Cycle Route, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Germany: ADFC 75K/50K Regional Cycling Maps
  • Waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible cycling maps of Germany at 1:75,000 or 1:50,000 from the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club - the official German cycling federation), with extensive overprint for long-distance and local cycling routes. The series comprise of 78 maps covering Germany’s most popular areas for outdoor... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Munich Region Street Atlas
  • Munich Region Street Atlas in a series of detailed atlases covering the whole of Germany at 1:20,000 with UTM coordinates for GPS navigation, postal codes and public transport, published by ADAC, the country’s largest motoring organization. The plans name all the individual streets and indicate all the main landmarks and public buildings. All... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hesse Railways Cycle Tours (340km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Hesse Railways Cycle Tours, 340 kms of cycle routes and tours along the disused railway lines of Hesse, north-east of Frankfurt, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Black Forest Gorge Trail
  • Self guided walking tour through the Southern Black Forest. This classic inn to inn walking tour takes you along the ‘Schluchtensteig’, or Gorge Trail, in Germany’s famous Black Forest. The 119km route has been nominated for the coveted title of Germany’s most beautiful walking trail and it’s easy to see why. Walking through different gorges... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • This beautiful and peaceful Leutasch Valley area on the Bavarian and Austrian border will be yours to explore. This idyllic Alpine trail meanders through the tranquil and colourful Leutasch Valley abundant with wild flowers and green pastures. Marvel at the spectacular mountain views towards Zugspitze - Germany’s highest mountain, breathe in... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking and Wellness in the Black Forest
  • A single centre walking and relaxation trip in the Black Forest. Relaxation is the order of the day on this single centre walking tour in the heart of the Black Forest. The traditional resort town of Todtmoos is your base for this short break. Breath in the fresh forest air, walk around crystal clear waters and enjoy panoramic views to the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Harz Witches Trail
  • Self Guided trail across The Harz, a magical region famed for fairy tales, witches and legends. One of the “Top Trails of Germany” the Harz Witches Trail long distance walking trail crosses The Harz, a magical region famed for fairy tales, witches and legends. Just a short journey from Berlin the Harz mountains rise from the North German... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The King Ludwig Way
  • Self guided walking tour through Upper Bavaria on the King Ludwig Way to Neuschwanstein Castle. Follow the King Ludwig Way, one of Germany’s best known footpaths, through beautiful Upper Bavaria to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle. The route was featured in Julia Bradbury’s BBC German Wanderlust series and shouldn’t be missed. Beginning at... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The E5 Alpine Crossing - Walk Oberstdorf to Meran
  • Self guided walking tour on the E5 Alpine crossing from Oberstdorf to Meran. Take on the famous E5 Alpine crossing from Germany, through Austria and finishing in Italy’s South Tyrol. This classic inn to inn route is long-distance trekking at its best and is a must for Alpine fans. Hike from mountain pass to mountain pass, taking in the scenery... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Across the Tyrolean Alps Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk from Bavaria up over the high Austrian Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck. Walk from Bavaria up over the high Austrian Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck. Follow the high alpine route across the imposing Wetterstein and Karwendel massifs amidst a landscape of soaring, alpine peaks, deep gorges and rich, flower filled pastures. Staying in rustic mountain... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Deer Trails of the Black Forest
  • Self guided walking tour in Germany's Northern Black Forest. Deer Trails of the Black Forest is a classic self-guided walking tour through the nature reserves and woodland of the Northern Black Forest, to the north of Freudenstadt. The route includes both the largest area of upland moorland in the whole of Germany and the Mummelsee Lake, both... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Castles of the Romantic Rhine
  • Self guided walking tour along the best of the Rheinsteig in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley; home to more than 30 castles. The picture-book Upper Middle Rhine Valley is perfect for walkers and wine lovers. Discover countless (more than 30!) hilltop castles and stately homes as you follow the Rheinsteig hiking trail along the eastern side of this... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Saxon & Bohemian Switzerland
  • Self guided walking tour in Saxon Switzerland. Saxon Switzerland, or the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, is one of the most captivating of parts of eastern Germany. Saxon Switzerland lies either side of the River Elbe south of Dresden and crosses into the Czech Republic; the contrast between riverscapes and dramatic rock outcrops makes for a unique... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Castles of the Romantic Rhine In Style
  • Self guided walking tour, staying at 4-star castle and wine hotels as you walk along the best part of the Rheinsteig. Stay in authentic castle hotels and wineries as you walk along the River Rhine. Follow the Rheinsteig, one of Germany’s Top Trails, as you wind your way between over 30 castles and palaces. In our opinion this is the best part... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Sächsische Schweiz & Elbevallei
  • Verrassend wandelparadijs dichtbij huis! Maak een week lang fraaie wandelingen door het spectaculaire landschap van het Elbsandsteingebirge in de Oostduitse deelstaat Saksen. Heerlijke wandelingen tussen bizarre rotsformaties, tafelbergen en labyrinten van kloven en steenpartijen. De Elbevallei is hier op haar mooist. Afsluitend bezoek aan het... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Rothaargebirge
  • Een paar dagen langlaufen en sneeuwwandelen in het vlakbij gelegen Rothaargebirge, bij velen beter bekend als het Sauerland. Tussen Brilon en Dillenburg strekt zich een langgerekt middengebergte uit met toppen als de Kahler Asten (841 m) en de Langenberg (843 m). Je verblijft in het gezellige Heide Hotel in Hildfeld. Er zijn in ieder geval zeer... Read more
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  • Duitsland - Rothaargebirge
  • Even lekker een paar dagen bijtanken dicht bij huis. Vanuit uw zeer rustig gelegen en vriendelijke hotel verkent u het Sauerland. Het hotel ligt aan de Rothaarsteig, een goed gemarkeerde lange afstandsroute door het Rothaargebirge. U maakt mooie wandelingen naar de Bruchhauser Steine, de Hochheide en de Langenberg, met 843m de hoogste top. Bij... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Bad Hindelang
  • Een winterweek in de lieflijke Beierse Allgäu. Dagelijks doe je een winterse activiteit naar keuze: langlaufen naar de Vilsalpsee, sneeuwwandelen naar het Tiefenbacher Eck, rodelen vanaf de Imbergerhorn, winterwandelen naar de Hirsch Alpe en voor de liefhebbers skiën in Oberjoch op de hellingen van de Iseler. Alle bussen zijn gratis! Je auto... Read more
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